I certainly don’t want to divulge many personal details about the Running Lady, but we have gotten to the bottom of what we originally wanted to know.
She is alive, as you obviously gleaned from the comments to the original post. The reason you don’t see her downtown anymore is that about two years ago, she quit working downtown. You will catch her running on Provost in Whitehall and if you see her, her name is Amy.
Now, here’s what might be just the weirdest coincidence of my life and further proof that Pittsburgh really is a little big city:
While at NEED, I worked a bit with Amy on planning events when my direct contact at her place of employment was out of the office, and I didn’t even realize who she was. I will say this. She is a capable woman who I had many email and phone interactions with and once even followed her about her place of employment as she assisted me in finding another employee.
Guess what? She walked. Running isn’t something she HAS to do in the physical sense. It is something she chooses to do, much in the same way some among us check the stove three times each night before we go to bed (Hiya, Tina Fey!) or have to eat cookies and chips in even numbers (Hiya, Mom!).
So when/if you see her, I suggest you wave, say “Hi, Amy!” and be kind to our local legend regardless of how eccentric she may seem.
I’m sure we’d all like to know more about her, but we should respect her privacy. For now we know this: She’s alive. She’s well. She’s running.
So add this to the pile of “shit we have gotten to the bottom of”. Next?